Based on the 1995 novel by Nick Hornby, High Fidelity centres around John Cusack’s character, Rob. In the middle of a relationship breakdown, the record store owner recounts his “top 5 break ups”, and endeavours to contact and meet up with his estranged ex’s to get some clarity on his love life.
With a wonderful supporting cast featuring Jack Black, Todd Louiso, Iben Hjejle, Catherine Zeta Jones, Joan Cusack and Tim Robbins (in one of the most villainous roles in the history of cinema), the film is an early 00’s masterpiece.
Completely original, painfully hilarious and in parts sweetly moving, the film is one of my all time comedy favourites. With an eclectic soundtrack ranging from the Chemical Brothers to Bob Dylan, as you can imagine, a film of this nature has one of the greatest playlists of all time. As the film rattles off pop-culture references like they’re going out of fashion, the entire piece is carried by John Cusack’s brilliant lead performance, as he completely encapsulates the downbeat spirit of the character.